UTC Men Tackle SoCon Championships Starting Sunday In Pinehurst

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Chattanooga Mocs open postseason play Sunday at the Southern Conference men’s Golf Championships. The eight-team field tackles Pinehurst No. 9 in Pinehurst, N.C.

The quintet gets started on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., paired with Wofford off No. 1. The Mocs are looking to add to their championships ledger of six team and two individual titles. The squad captured crowns in 1987, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013, while Donnie Green (1978) and PGA TOUR member Stephan Jaeger (2012) claimed medalist honors.

This is the fifth straight league championships competed on Pinehurst No. 9, formerly Pinehurst National. UTC Hall of Famer Matt Vick is the head pro at No. 9. Vick was an All-American kicker for the Mocs graduating in 2000.

Links to live scoring and pairings are available above along with stats and notes. Here’s a look at the lineup along with a few extra tidbits for your reading pleasure.

LINEUP

Luke Long (73.31), Lake Johnson (73.93), Andrew Weathers (74.75), Etienne Brault (75.38) & Will Porter (75.73).

3 NOTES TO KNOW

-       Since Mark Guhne took over as head coach in 2005-06, the Mocs claimed five team titles (2007. 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013) and one individual crown (Stephan Jaeger-2012) while posting 13 top 5s and 23 top 10s in the SoCon Championships. The program had one team win (1987), one medalist (Donnie Green-1978), 15 top 5s and 30 top 10s in the 28 prior championships.

-       Long and Johnson are tied for the team lead in par or better 18s (13) and rounds in the 60s (4).

-       UTC’s opening round scoring average is 300.40. The quintet puts together 292.68 strokes per 18 the rest of the way.

FIELD

Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, ETSU, Furman, Mercer, UNCG, Samford, Western Carolina, Wofford

COURSE

Pinehurst No. 9 – Par 72 – 7,122 yards

DATES/TEE TIMES (EDT) – ADMISSION IS FREE

Sunday – April 22 – 9:30 a.m. – Hole No. 1 paired with Wofford

Monday – April 23 – 8 a.m. (Position determined by leaderboard)

Tuesday – April 24 – 7:30 a.m. (Position determined by leaderboard)

HISTORY (Under Mark Guhne)

2006: 3rd, 287-302-294=883 (+19) | T10, Bryce Ledford, 69-78-73=220 (+4)

2007: 1st, 293-280-291=864 (E) | T2, Jonathan Hodge, 73-69-72=214 (-2)

2008: 1st, 290-281-294=865 (+1) | T2, Ben Rickett, 72-69-74=215 (-1)

2009: 1st, 279-287-286=852 (-12) | T2, Fredrik Qvicker, 69-72-70=211 (-5)

2010: 7th, 295-294-298=887 (+23) | T24, Derek Rende, 71-74-76=221 (+5)

2011: 3rd, 287-288-292=867 (+3) | T4, Steven Fox, 73-73-68=214 (-2)

2012: 1st, 294-286-281=861 (-3) | 1, Stephen Jaeger, 66-72-69=207 (-9)

2013: 1st, 298-290-296=884 (+20) | T2, Steven Fox, 72-71-74=217 (+1)

*2014: 2nd, 297-284-293=874 (+10) | 2, Chris Robb, 74-69-65=208 (-8)

*2015: 3rd, 291-293-292=876 (+12) | T5, Wes Gosselin, 71-72-72=215 (-1)

*2016: 4th, 292-294-296=882 (+18) | 4, Kory Webb, 71-72-71=214 (-2)

*2017: 4th, 308-290-302=900 (+36) | 4, Etienne Brault, 78-70-72=220 (+4)

* Played at Pinehurst No. 9

DEFENDING CHAMPS

Team: ETSU, 292-300-290=882

Medalist: Geuntae Kim, ETSU, 73-71-74=218 (+2) - Playoff

TEAM LEADERS

Scoring Average: Luke Long: 73.31

Par 3: Oliver Simonsen, 3.06

Par 4: Lake Johnson, 4.16

Par 5: Etienne Brault, 4.80

Eagles/18: Brault, 0.23

Birdies/18: Long, 3.41

Pars/18: Phillip Hickam, 11.33



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